Breaking down the Mariners’ struggles with the AL Central

Montero upset at another What will fan (Getty Images)

NWSB Editor and Insider explores the assumption that the Mariners have performed terribly against the AL Central in recent years. While there is some validity to that assumption, when you really look at the numbers from past seasons and this year, it’s not so much that they have been out of the games but that they have rather had a bit of “tough luck” in close games and against the Chicago White Sox.

Jason Bay on the market, teams watching

Jason Bay

NWSB Insider Steve Lee talks about where Jason Bay, once one of baseball’s best players, may end up next season. With the New York Mets front office coming to terms with Jason Bay last week as to a buyout that will pay Bay the guaranteed remainder of his $66 million contract ($21 million this year), Bay must now find himself a new zip code, or even a postal code for that matter, if he wants to play next season.

Moments in time…The Seattle Mariners week that was

See ya Jason, and thanks for all the wins. Good luck in the future. (photo Yahoo! Sports)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. Moves aplenty in the past week for the Mariners. We say goodbye to Jason Vargas, and Kevin Millwood, as they were placed on waivers. Franklin Gutierrez is finally back up with the big boy club.

Is Eric Wedge to blame for the Mariners’ 2012 woes?

Eric Wedge, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sports blogger Brandon Choate brings us his reasons to put away your nooses and leave Eric Wedge alone. With his past experience, his player’s coach management style, and his fearlessness of ownership, Wedge is NOT to blame. Had Franklin Gutierrez or Mike Carp or Miguel Olivo not been injured early on, we may not have seen the likes of Kyle Seager or the resurgence of Michael Saunders.

State of the Mariners – weekly notebook | May 21th

Statue of Dave Niehaus

Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. The Mariners had a rough week, going 4-4 after a sweep of Colorado. Kyle Seager still looked good while Justin Smoak is showing signs of warming up. Now if only the Mariners could improve their pitching, particularly Brandon League and the starting rotation, who have an abysmal 3.98.

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 2

Mariners vs. Indians

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the series versus the Cleveland Indians. Tough day for the arms. Steve Delabar started things off with a blown save in the 8th. After Seattle finally recaptured the lead in the 11th, they handed the ball over to closer Brandon League. He was horrible. Ichiro Suzuki has just 5 RBI in May. Not good from the #3 spot.

Mariners vs. Indians In Cleveland: Pitching, series preview, analysis & predictions

Mariners vs. Indians

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup between the Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians. Tonight at Progressive Field its Game 39 Felix Hernandez versus Ubaldo Jimenez. The Mariners fell to 1-4 on a 10-game road trip. Blake Beavan went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.

Tigers vs. Mariners in Seattle: Pitching, series preview, analysis & predictions

Doug Fister

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the Mariners series matchup between the Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners. Tonight back at Safeco Field in Seattle its former M’s pitcher Doug Fister vs. Blake Beavan. Fister of course played for the Mariners until he was traded for OF Casper Wells, LHP Charlie Furbush, Francisco Martinez , Chance Ruffin.

Moments in time…The Seattle Mariners week that was

Brandon League, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. New staff ace Jason Vargas propelled the M’s to their one and only win of the week against the Tribe. And, wait for it…Chone Figgins went deep as well.

Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Cleveland, Chicago

Blake Beavan

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve gives us his weekly M’s pitching breakdown in the arms under the spotlight segment. The Mariners took on Cleveland and the Chicago White Soxk in what turned out to include a few VERY noteworthy pitching performances. Hector Noesi had a hard time finding the strike zone. Blake Beavan pitched against a guy throwing a perfect game. Brandon League blew a Felix Hernandez win.

Cleveland Indians vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 3

Felix Hernandez

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the series versus the Cleveland Indians. The Seattle bullpen has struggled all season long, with Brandon League’s 0.00 ERA and 5-5 in saves the lone bright spot. Well now what else can we say about League after last night that doesn’t contain explitives? Eric Wedge, Mariners manager, made two questionable calls in this game.

Cleveland Indians vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 1

Cleveland Indians vs Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the first M’s game of the series versus the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners started off hot behind Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Smoak’s strong middle of the order performance. It all unraveled in the 5th, though as the Indians scored 7 to tie the game at 8 and eventually went on to score 1 more for the win.

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